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Started by MaconLeary on Nov 19, 2021 4:48:46 PM
Escape from a footballing hellscape, sponsored by Fanini

Fanini reference doc

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A demo for FM22 is available on Steam (and probably Epic). Once all the teams have been finalised, I can make a copy of the saved game available to anyone who wants to play around with it to see what works. However, I have a feeling that the demo may not include Draft Mode, which is what I'll be using for this.

MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 16:49:38 (#1 of 634)

You don't remember when the fever dreams began. It must have been years ago. Those voices in your head, talking over each other as you slept. One of them recited a string of meaningless numbers, another chanted IN! IN! IN!, and a third demanded that you PICK! PICK! PICK!

And every night, the dream ends exactly the same way: a cowled figure in green polyester turns to you, and tells you to "follow the VAR" - and then just as he removes his hood, you wake up bathed in sweat with your heart racing.

Finally, desperate for peace, you make the pilgrimage to Stockley Park, as instructed. It's late evening when you get there, and the VAR Hub is all locked up for the night. However, next door, there's a ramshackle little newsagents. It looks as if it's still open: you can see a weird green glow through the glass door. You feel strangely drawn to it.

You push the door open, and make your way inside. You are not alone. The cream of JTT football management are all squeezed in there (plus the ones who managed to get sacked by two different countries in a single tournament, and Frank Lampard, and Alan Curbishley).

On the counter, there's a large cardboard box. It seems to be filled with packs of Fanini football stickers - but are stickers really supposed to glow green, and pulse in time with your heart beat?

You know it's a bad idea, but somehow you can't help it - you stretch out a hand towards the box, whilst the other managers mutter and hiss with disapproval.

The instant you touch it, there is a deafening clang. Stickers fly from the box, and the shop fills with purple smoke. When it clears, you find yourself on a desolate alien plain. A cowled figure stands before you. You know him from your dreams. He removes his hood.

Oh look - it's Mike Dean.

"That's better," he says. "Oh - also, this is your home now. You are here for all eternity, and there is no escape. You will never work again in football management, but The Athletic will occasionally write 'Where Are They Now?' articles about you. Unless..."

"Unless?" you gasp.

"There is a way out for just ONE of you. The finest football manager of them all. Stop looking so smug, Vince. Take a squad of 25 players, drawn from amongst the finest footballers in the Premiership, seasoned with a sprinkling of overseas superstars, and defeat your rivals to emerge as the supreme manager, and open a gateway back to your own dimension. Losers will stay here for ever. So tell me now - are you IN?"

One of the other managers looks puzzled. "Why wouldn't we be?" he says. "If you don't give it a go, then you've got no chance."

Frank Lampard looks shocked. "Nah - there'll probably be a much better offer than that if you just wait long enough. I'm OUT". Alan Curbishley nods in agreement.

Mike Dean turns to the rest of you.

"Speak now," he thunders. "Are you IN?"

At his feet, the packs of Fanini stickers begin to grow, as they twist and wriggle. Could there be real players inside?

MontyPeculiar - 19 Nov 2021 16:50:19 (#2 of 634)

Yes IN!


MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 16:51:48 (#3 of 634)


Give me a number between 21 and 40 to start, please.

(I'll be giving more info soonish)

MontyPeculiar - 19 Nov 2021 16:51:50 (#4 of 634)

cream of JTT football management

Shurely shome mishtake

MontyPeculiar - 19 Nov 2021 16:52:05 (#5 of 634)

33 pls.

MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 16:54:05 (#6 of 634)

Mike Dean loads a pack onto a wheelbarrow, and trundles it over to MontyPeculiar.

Inside, you find:

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) MC AMC

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) ST

Raheem Sterling (Man City) AML AMR

Wesley Fofana (Leicester) DC

Youri Tielemans (Leicester) MC

MontyPeculiar - 19 Nov 2021 16:55:49 (#7 of 634)

Ooooooh. Thanks Macon

I think

MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 16:56:37 (#8 of 634)

These are probably not the only positions people can play in, but they will definitely be comfortable in these ones. If I've marked someone as a DL or DR, they'll be able to operate as wingbacks too, and AML and AMRs can also play as a ML or MR respectively.

VinceNoir - 19 Nov 2021 17:01:38 (#9 of 634)


MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:04:08 (#10 of 634)

Everyone will get 5 packs of 5 players. The 5th pack will contain players from foreign leagues.

Once I've decided that we won't get any further managers, there'll be a swap phase, in case you've been lumbered with Lo Celso and have no desire to build a team around him.

The only restriction on swap deals is that you have to trade equal numbers of stickers - if 4 players are leaving, you must be receiving exactly 4 stickers in return. If any swaps look suspicious, the League reserves the right to appoint a panel to investigate shenanigans.

MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:05:12 (#11 of 634)


VinceNoir - Also, pick a number from 21-40 (not 33, though)

6to24characters - 19 Nov 2021 17:06:18 (#12 of 634)

IN 27

MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:07:44 (#13 of 634)


Also - here's your first pack, 6to24characters.

Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) DM MC AMC

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) ST

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) AML AMC

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) DC

Ruben Neves (Wolves) DM MC

6to24characters - 19 Nov 2021 17:11:25 (#14 of 634)

Thanks Macon


MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:14:17 (#15 of 634)

Once squads are finalised, managers will have a think about who they are going to pick in their first match, what formation they'll be in, and the style of play they want to adopt.

Matches will then be played out in Football Manager 2022 on Twitch. If you really want to, you'll be able to watch this live, but otherwise, the recordings will be available for 14 days, and I'll give the timestamps so you can scroll through to the match you are interested in.

The format of the competition will depend on how many teams enter, but I'm imagining group phase followed by knockout football. I'm not intending to make this one a terribly drawn out affair, so I can assess how time intensive it is, and possibly expand it in subsequent tournaments.

spartak - 19 Nov 2021 17:16:39 (#16 of 634)

IN. Please!

VinceNoir - 19 Nov 2021 17:18:01 (#17 of 634)


MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:18:44 (#18 of 634)


And give me one number from this range: 21-22, 24-26, 28-32, 34-40

spartak - 19 Nov 2021 17:19:06 (#19 of 634)


MaconLeary - 19 Nov 2021 17:20:14 (#20 of 634)

VinceNoir - you got:

Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) AML AMC ST

Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) AML ST

Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham) AML AMR

Raphael Varane (Man Utd) DC

Declan Rice (West Ham) DM MC

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